DRL (Drone Racing League), is the leader in professional drone racing- one of the world’s fastest growing sports. DRL announced multi-year international partners and sponsors ahead of its 2017 season. 

DRL announced its title partner Allianz (the world’s largest insurance company) in February, and Toy State (Nikko RC, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Nikko Air racing drones) before then. It was announced today that DRL has reached $20M in new investments bringing in new sponsorships from Sky, Liberty Media (owners of Formula 1 and Sirius XM), Lux Capital, and WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), Hearst Ventures, RSE Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Courtside Ventures.

According to Forbes: “It appears that the DRL has been sold to existing and new partners as a technology company first, as opposed to a new type of sports league.”

DRL’s 2017 season will be aired on ESPN2 starting June 20th at 8 pm (presumably EST), starting with their first location “DRL Miami Nights.” 

June 20, 2017, 08:00 PM 

June 27, 2017, 08:00 PM

July 4, 2017, 08:00 PM

July 11, 2017, 10:00 PM

July 18, 2017, 08:00 PM

July 28, 2017, 10:00 PM (Recap starts at 09:00 PM)

You can view the full schedule with multiple days and which channel it airs RIGHT HERE, or click any of the event images above for DRL’s descriptions of the event.

Much like many other forms of racing, DRL keeps the playing field relatively even by placing restrictions on equipment. That restriction, in this case, is just the drone. Pilots can use whatever goggles and RC they want, but they all fly with the same drone. This means it all comes down to pilot skill. 

New to drone racing? Here’s DRL’s “Drone Racing League 101”

 Want to see some action from the drones?

 For more, check out DRL’s YouTube channel,  and be sure to tune in starting June 20th on ESPN2!